Making A Difference With The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

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Making a Difference with the Road Not Taken Life is full of choices, and there is a time in every man’s experience when he must run his own life, without the help of others pointing the way. The right to make one’s own mind up shows self-reliance and gives dignity to the doer. In the famous poem, “The Road Not Taken”, by Robert Frost, we can see a perfect example of this situation through the character in the poem. There is a man who is traveling alone in a forest. The traveler comes to a fork in the road where he must choose between two paths. Since he is alone, he must rely on himself to make the right choice. This is an important step in life for every man to believe in his own thoughts and ideas and to see the decisions he makes on his own carry out in his life. The section in the poem where the traveler comes to diverged road, as one traveler, he cannot travel both. He is sorry for this and so he stood for a long time looking one of them down as far as he could. “And be one traveler, long I stood, And looked down one as far as I could, To where it bent in the undergrowth.” (Frost). It is imagined here that the roads before the speaker make the form of the letter “Y” which is known by some as the emblem of human life; the choice of the way of good and evil in an adult’s life. “Y” refers to dividing ways and crossroads (Cooper JC 253). However, instead of giving us two different roads, the poem presents two identical roads, stating that this is something more than just

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